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Croatia part I: Split


It's been a full week back to normality, but am still wistfully looking at photos of beautiful Croatia...


Being more Pale and Interesting than Beach Bronzers, we knew we wanted a honeymoon with a bit of variety, rather than 2 weeks hiding in the shade beside a beautiful resort pool, but it was so hard to narrow down Croatia to a few places to visit! We made the decision to raincheck Dubrovnik for a separate future holiday, and started in Split, on the recommendation of the lovely Viv.



It was just as difficult to narrow down the hundreds of photos, as Split was such an unusual combination of ancient and new, walled "city" and port, bursts of colour and washed out stone...





We stayed in an amazing boutique hotel just outside the walls of Diocletian's Palace, Hotel Luxe, The interiors were such a contrast to the rustic city outside, but I loved the open feeling of this hotel, it really made a feature of the surroundings. Our sea facing room was lovely, cool and spacious, and the spa was so relaxing I got a little too used to a jacuzzi and sauna to unwind after a hard days tourist-ing...



Inside the walls of Diocletians Palace was a maze of shops, bars, history and homes, not to mention the tiniest chapel (above). There really is something to gape at around every corner, but outside the walls is well worth exploring too. Take a long uphill walk (we did wish we took bikes!) and you'll get great views of the coastline, then spot a cove for swimming and head downhill again! 

Before leaving for the islands we headed inland with a small tour group to Krka National Park, taking a boat across the still blue lakes to the beautiful waterfalls. We immediately cooled off with a quick swim (the first of my "become a confident swimmer" challenges!), before taking a walk around the protected park in the cool shade of the forest. We finished the day with full body massages in the hotel spa, and packed for the islands... 

xx